Beautiful Winter Scenes In Aberdeen, Scotland

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A beautiful swan

A beautiful and graceful swan

It has been snowing quite heavily last week and the temperature dipped to below zero degrees. I really don’t like the biting cold. Aberdeen, Scotland, is facing the North Sea and the wind causes an intense winter chill that seems to pierce into all my bones. It gets worse when the Arctic wind blows south.

sunny but cold

Sunny but cold

Aberdeen buildings are mainly built from granite, making the city particularly depressing during the cold, gloomy winter. So, a big snowfall is actually most welcoming as it lightens and cheers up the place. In fact, Aberdeen is a very beautiful place to live in…beautiful sceneries, clean air and not too crowded.

A bush covered in snow

A bush covered with snow

One of my New Year resolutions is to learn photography and I must say that I’m really blessed that William, a very good friend, has been giving me a lot of tips about photography. William is very gifted in many things. I also call him my computer doctor. He is the first that I’ll call if I have any computer problem. I think his greatest thrill is laughing at my ignorance in computer because of all my silly questions. The only thing I’m better than him is, maybe, cooking…..hehe. He cooks awesome ‘beef rendang’ though, which is the famous Malaysian beef curry. He and his family have been a tremendous blessing to us since we came to Scotland…….total strangers turned wonderful friends.

Road covered with snow

Snow-covered road

Well, he showed me some photos the other day and I just fell in love with them immediately. I was very inspired. I asked if I can post them on my blog and he happily said ‘yes’. That really made my day! Hope you enjoy all these beautiful winter scenes here in Aberdeen, Scotland. Every picture is very unique, beautiful and has a story to tell!

Small tree covered with snow

Looks like a bushy white-haired head

Beautiful snow like cotton on trees

Beautiful snow like cotton on trees

What types of winter scenes do you like….buildings, trees, animals, people, streets etc? Do you like photography? Do you have any photography tips or links to share? Do you have a story to tell from each picture above? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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42 Comments

Divina  on February 25th, 2010

Beautiful pictures!! You’re so blessed to have someone to teach you photography for free. I’m still looking for one. I would love to see polar bear. :) That snow-covered road reminds me of my 4-months living in Davos, Switzerland. But at the of that road, spring time will always come.

cheah  on February 25th, 2010

Such nice pictures! Looking at winter pictures and bathing in sweat in front of my computer here in Ipoh!

radha  on February 25th, 2010

Snow is enchanting ~ yes pls look at my friend blog, she s a passionate and fantastic photographer: http://1000petals.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/how-to-make-great-photographs-expert-opinion-and-what-i-think-of-it/

the lacquer spoon  on February 25th, 2010

Peace of mind! They’re stunning winter scenes :)

Janice  on February 25th, 2010

Great pictures! I love photographs of snow but not living in it.

tigerfish  on February 25th, 2010

So much snow! No wonder you need ginger!

Sushma Mallya  on February 25th, 2010

so beautiful…

3hungrytummies  on February 25th, 2010

Wow that is truly a winter wonderland! Thank for sharing them with us!

Catherine  on February 25th, 2010

Awww I haven’t been in Aberdeen in years, this looks beautiful! I especially love the pic of the swan :)

penny aka jeroxie  on February 25th, 2010

WOW!! Beautiful. Not long for us now but at least it is kept in the mountains and not where I am!

Shirley  on February 25th, 2010

O Mary! You made me miss Scotland so badly! Yes the chill is really biting and gets to your bones. But the highlands is where I saw and experienced snow for the first time in my life! I could never forget the experience.

Sanjana  on February 25th, 2010

Mary, these pictures are beautiful. I love looking at snow that has fallen from high hills. It’s so wonderful to look at. I have a couple from where I live on my spiced milk post. That swan is stunning! :)

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on February 25th, 2010

The snow looking like cotton on those trees is so pretty. I like looking at snow but am less keen on walking about in it. It would be different if I was in the country but in the city it goes all slushy and dirty very quickly.

5 Star Foodie  on February 25th, 2010

Gorgeous winter landscapes! Very pretty!

anncoo  on February 25th, 2010

Mary, I love all the pictures, so beautiful. Recently my daughter bought me a good camera~ S90 Canon~ for my birthday. I really like this camera..(did you find me my pictures getting better recently?..ha..haa..)
Anyway I would like to recommend you to visit:
Learn Food Photography and Food Styling http://www.learnfoodphotography.com/
You can get lots of tips from this site.

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on February 25th, 2010

Oh so beautiful, Mary! I’d love to visit Scotland someday. I hear it is beautiful there. :)

Patty  on February 25th, 2010

Wow! Please let William know that his photos are absolutely beautiful. I’ve never been to Scotland, but these photos make me want to visit. I have very good friends from Scotland and they too have become a true blessing in our lives. Take care!

Mary  on February 25th, 2010

@Divina - Indeed I’m very blessed….but there’s so much to learn! Aha….polar bear is my favourite animal. I used to say that I wanted to go to North Pole and see my polar bear friends until I landed in Scotland! The freezing weather has sort of changed my mind :P Can’t wait for Spring to come! I really want the heat from the sun, the flowers, the birds, the longer daylight…….

@Cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! Ha…now I’m not sure where I want to be….too cold here and too hot in Malaysia. I need a place in between :D

@Radha - Thanks very much for the link, Radha! Appreciate very much :D I’ll surely look into it. I want to enjoy photography as a hobby.

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much! Winter does has it’s own beauty, right? I must focus on the beauty & not the cold :P

@Janice - Thanks very much, Janice! I don’t like living in it too :( …but eating warming food does help. I need to cook more :P

@tigerfish - Haha…now you know why I’m using so much ginger and wine in my cooking :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much ! :D

@3hungrytummies - Isn’t it beautiful in winter? I love it when it’s all white covered with snow. It makes me happy and forget about the cold :D

@Catherine - I really love the swan, too. I love the serene look of the water around and the gracefulness of the swan. It brings a warm cheer to my heart :D I asked William why he didn’t take a picture of 2 swans together. He told me that he waited for 2 and half hours and still there was no such opportunity! That is real patience!!!

@penny aka jeroxie - We are just the opposite. Not long for us now to summer….but still looks like a long way to go…hmmm. Maybe I should move to your place during winter :D

@Shirley - Yes, the Highlands is very beautiful at this time but I shiver at the thought of the freezing cold. Hope you can come back to visit Scotland again. I must say that Scotland is very beautiful and I really love the bagpipes :D

@Sanjana - I have to check that out. I love to watch snow falls. It’s very fascinating and beautiful. I love the cottony touch and how it melts away. Well, looks like more snow is on the way. Have to keep smiling :D

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Totally agree with you that all the slushy, dirty snow on the roads just spoils its beauty. I love it when it is untouched…..really beautiful and refreshing to watch :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D Bet you have lots of snow over at your side.

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Anncoo! Wow….what agreat birthday gift from your daughter! I can imagine all the big smiles on your face :D. As usual, I always love all your food pictures…..very inspiring to me. Lots to catch up :P Thanks very much for the link. Appreciate very much. I’ll surely look into it. That sounds so appropriate for taking pictures of my food.

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Yes, you must come. If you come in summer which is not that hot, there are a lot of activities going on all over the place. If you come in winter, we only eat and eat….haha :D

@Patty - Yes, I’ll surely tell William. I must ask him to read this :D Hope you can come to visit one day. Lovely to know you have very good Scottish friends.

Tasty Trix  on February 25th, 2010

Great photos! You obviously have an eye for beauty and an aptitude for photography.

SKip to Malou  on February 25th, 2010

These are postcard pretty pictures Mary!

Drick  on February 25th, 2010

stunning photos - at first I thought you had taken them only to read they were by William… (there is nothing wrong with your photos) - great to have such a handy friend around

Faith  on February 25th, 2010

These photos are really lovely, Mary! You’re lucky to have William teaching you photography. I would love to go to Scotland (my mom is Scottish). :)

Mimi  on February 25th, 2010

Beautiful picture.
Mimi

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on February 25th, 2010

These pictures are beautiful! I love how in some pictures the snow drapes trees and bushes. I think the swan photo is my favorite.

jenn  on February 26th, 2010

sooooooooo beautiful!!! i love the snow. but not the cold. :(

Blackswan  on February 26th, 2010

These pix really inspire me to take up photography classes. I’m too dependent on digital cameras. Must get one of those “professional” ones. lol! Feel like flying over to join u in Scotland. It’s so hot here in S’pore :<

Belinda @zomppa  on February 26th, 2010

It looks like Narnia! Gorgeous - can I come visit?? Happy New Year!!

Mary  on February 26th, 2010

@Tasty Trix - Thanks very much! :D Credit must go to William for such awesome pictures! It’s his hobby.

@SKip to Malou - Thanks very much! :D

@Drick - Haha….you almost gave credit to the wrong person! :D Yes, William is a wonderful friend.

@Faith - Indeed I am very thankful to have a friend like William. I have yet to learn more from him. Oh…your mom’s Scottish! I’m sure you know lots of Scottish cooking then! I really hope you’ll come to visit. Visit me, too :D

@Mimi - Thansk very much, Mimi! :D

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - You got my favourite too. That’s why it comes as the first picture :D

@jenn - Me, too. How nice if there’s snow and yet warm! :P

@Blackswan - Come, let’s learn together this year! I have 2 camera…one is still sleeping :P Come here and we can venture out to take lots and lots of pictures and enjoy all the beautiful sceneries….escape from the heat, too! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Oh sure, of course! It would be so fun! We will eat lots and play lots! :D

Janice  on February 26th, 2010

Oh my Mary, I had no idea you were in Aberdeen. You have had such a terrible winter this year. Here in the south of Scotland we haven’t had another bout of snow since just after Christmas.

tbc  on February 26th, 2010

Beautiful pics, Mary!
Aberdeen sounds like a wonderful place to live in. I love everything about winter- the snow, the cold, the beautiful landscapes…

Mary  on February 26th, 2010

@Janice - Yes, terrible winter….sob sob :( That’s why I’m cooking soup all the time to warm up and nice desserts to cheer me up :D Can’t wait for summer to be here.

@tbc - Thanks very much! Wow….you love the cold? I wish I can say that! I’m tempted to complain again…haha. I better smile more in this freezing weather :D

pegasuslegend  on February 27th, 2010

Geesh never knew how much snow they could get there! Nice pictures…and I really love the sweet potato gnocchi. I am not finding that one to comment on as well,it must be me! Hope you stay warm, your going to be a wonderful photographer with a friend like this with such talent, I just got a new camera, reading for weeks, getting better….good luck great shots!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on February 27th, 2010

Mary these photos are EXACTLY what I need right now. I am sweating and unable to sleep and have been this way all week. It is starting to drive me crazy, and these photos have whisked me off to a nice crisp, cold place away from the oppressive heat. Ahhhhh.

kristy  on February 27th, 2010

Beautiful pictures! I think my cousin sister and her family are facing the bating cold situation too. They’re ataying in Ireland. I still remember that… you can’t even get to sleep with your freezing cold feet!

Mary  on February 28th, 2010

@pegasuslegend - Thanks very much, Claudia! Ooops….wonder why you can’t find the comment box….hmmm. Maybe the best is to go to the main homepage http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com where you will see the latest 6 posts. Yes, I really hope my photography will improve this year. Time to take out my other camera for a challenge in photography adventure :D I’m so glad you are learning too.

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - You put a lot of big smiles on my face if my cold winter scenes can sort of cool you down :D Probably I need some hot scenes from you to warm me up :D How funny it is that we are living in 2 extremes of weather condition!

@kristy - Yes, the bitter cold weather is no fun :( There’s so much destruction here in the north because of blizzards. Well, I don’t think you get to see my feet…always in thick socks…LOL :D

joylicious  on March 1st, 2010

Oh mary I LOVE your snow pictures — they are beautiful, especially of the magnificent swam. It is sweet of William to teach you photography, he must be a very good teacher because your photos are beautiful :) Great job Mary and thank you for sharing!!

Mary  on March 2nd, 2010

@joylicious - Thanks very much, Joy! Yes, I’m very thankful to William for giving me photography tips. I hope I am a good student :P

pegasuslegend  on March 5th, 2010

very beautiful gives you back the meaning of what and how we were are created and our surroundings very nice.

Mary  on March 5th, 2010

@pegasuslegend - Totally agree with you, Claudia. Isn’t it amazing? I always marvel at the wonderful creative hands of God. It just warms my heart :D

lisa ng  on March 8th, 2010

Hi Mary! wow i have to say your photos are breath taking! Thanks !
Lisa

The Kitchen Masochist  on March 19th, 2010

Those are beautiful photos of the swan and the “cotton tree.” There are times I wished I were in some snowy place right now considering that I’m sweating over here as I type this. And that’s the only physical activity I’m exerting! But then again, as the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for.” Lovely photos!

Mary  on March 20th, 2010

@lisa ng - Thanks very much, Lisa! Have a fun weekend :D

@The Kitchen Masochist - I can imagine the heat over there in Philippines, similar to that in Malaysia…humid and hot. Each time I go back, I wish I’m here but when I’m here I wish I’m back home…..hmmm. I must move to a country somewhere in between…haha. Well, summer will be here soon….then I’ll stop complaining :P Oh yes, I dare not simply wish these day….you are very right. I used to wish and say that I’d go to North Pole when the goings got tough and….know what?…..I landed here in freezing cold North Scotland…so close to the North POle!!! We had never expected that!

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